Professor Philip Robins | University of Oxford

Professor Philip Robins

Professor of Middle East Politics, Fellow of St Antony's College


Professor Robins’ main areas of research interest include international relations in the Middle East; comparative public policy in the region; politics and society in the Gulf States, Jordan and Turkey; and the politics of narcotic drugs. He is also interested in leadership in the Middle East.

His professional career spans journalism, policy studies, consultancy and academia. His engagement with the Middle East dates from 1976, when he lived and worked in Israel. He was later based in Jordan, working for the BBC and The Guardian. His connection with the Economist Intelligence Unit dates back to 1983. He is the founder of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House.


  • The Middle East, including its politics, international relations and societies
  • Turkish politics and foreign policy
  • Arab countries, including the Gulf States and Jordan
  • The politics of narcotic drugs

Media experience

Professor Robins has considerable experience in working with TV, radio and print outlets, both interviews and background briefing.


English, Arabic, Turkish